Former Governor Angus King, who headed out with his wife, children and an untested RV for an extended trip across the country the day after leaving office, will launches his new memoir, “Governor’s Travels: How I Left Politics, Learned to Back Up a Bus, and Found America,” at a talk and book signing Wednesday, July 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. The event, sponsored by Left Bank Books, will be held at Union Hall, upstairs in the Town Hall, 3 Union St., and is free and open to the public.

King was elected governor as an Independent in 1994, his first run for public office, and was re-elected in a landslide in 1998. When term limits prevented him from running a third time, he decided to hit the road. Packing his wife and two children into a new 40-foot motor home, he headed out with no deadlines or even an itinerary. Five-and-a-half months later, the family had driven 15,000 miles through 33 states, from Maine to Florida, west to California, north to the Pacific Northwest and back east through the northern states and Canada. “Governor’s Travels” is the story of that adventure, celebrating the places they saw and the people they met along the way.  Interspersed with the travelogue, King reflects on his own transition from public office to private life and offers some RV-handling tips just for good measure.

King is currently Of Counsel to a Portland law firm, teaches at Bowdoin College and is a visiting fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government. He also is a commentator for PBS television’s “NOW” with David Brancaccio and a principal with Independence Wind, LLC, a large-scale wind power development company. His talk will include slides of highlights from his adventure, as well as time for questions and answers and some summer refreshments. King will be available to sign books after the talk.

For more information, or to reserve copies of the new book, call Left Bank Books at 548-6400. The shop is open daily.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to